Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education

Montana University System
2500 E. Broadway Street | P.O. Box 203201
Helena, Montana 59620-3201
Phone: (406) 444-6570
FAX: (406) 444-1469
Last updated:  November 30, 2017

Staff Directory


Clayton Christian Commissioner of Higher Education 444-0374
Blair Fjeseth Communications Director 444-0311
Amy Unsworth Executive Assistant to the Commissioner and the Board of Regents 444-0374
Lindsey Trenary Administrative Assistant 444-0611

Academic & Student Affairs

John Cech Deputy Commissioner, Academic & Student Affairs 444-0316
Janelle Booth MUS Research Director 994-6480
Heather Hanser Administrative Associate 444-0632
Angela McLean Director of American Indian / Minority Achievement and
K-12 Partnerships
Ron Muffick Director of Operations & Administration / Student Affairs 444-0369
Erik Rose Director of Workforce Initiatives & Information 444-0608
Jacque Treaster Carl D. Perkins Program Manager 444-0313
Amy Williams Dual Enrollment and Big Sky Pathways Program Manager 994-3991

Educational Talent Search

Jeannie Origbo Director, Educational Talent Search 444-0334
Dugan Coburn Pre-College Advisor (Great Falls Target Area) 268-6199
Shonna Dillon Pre-College Advisor (Crow Target Area) 639-2385
Casey Figueroa Pre-College Advisor (Flathead Target Area) 275-4871
Aspen Herndon Assistant Program Services & Data Manager 444-0335
Joe Jessepe Pre-College Advisor (Blackfeet Target Area) 338-2745
Michael Leadercharge Re-Entry Manager 444-5608
Crystal Little Owl Pre-College Advisor (Flathead Target Area) 275-4871
Kimberly Wombolt Pre-College Advisor (Great Falls Target Area) 268-6199

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)

Zach Hawkins Director, Gear Up 444-0317
Jessie Bliss Gear Up Program Manager 444-0674
Janelle Egli Gear Up School Western Schools Grant Manager 444-0848
Jamie Jones Gear Up College Access Manager 444-0350
vacant Program and Communications Coordinator 444-0056
Lucille Thomason Gear Up School Eastern Schools Grant Manager 444-0598

Budget, Administration & Planning

Tyler Trevor Deputy Commissioner for Budget & Planning, Chief of Staff 444-0307
Debbie Bunker Payroll / Benefits 444-0324
Kelly Hert Federal Accountant 444-0321
Frieda Houser Director of Fiscal Affairs 444-0320
Sherrie Lindbo Financial Manager 444-0323
Edwina Morrison OCHE Office IT Manager 444-0326
Ron Muffick Director of Operations & Administration / Student Affairs 444-0369
Jared Smith Computer Support Specialist 461-1192
John Thunstrom MUS IT Director 544-3822
Laurie Tobol Student Assistance Manager and State Certifying Officer 444-0322

Human Resources

Kevin McRae Deputy Commissioner, Human Resources 444-0327
Ruth Anne Hansen Human Resources & Labor Relations Specialist  
Jackie Salveson Human Resources & Labor Relations Specialist 444-0315
Leah Tietz Director, Work Comp & Risk Management 444-0615

Health & Retirement Benefits

Mary Lachenbruch Director of Insurance & Benefits 444-0330
Amy Berry Associate Director of Retirement Benefits & Pension Plans 444-0613
Chelsi Dupler Benefits Specialist 444-0331
Joan Fabricius Registered Nurse Case Manager 444-0306
Jane Liedle Benefits Specialist 444-0329
Kelley Shields Benefits Communications Manager 444-2574
Susan Witte Health Insurance Regulatory & Compliance Officer 444-0633

Legal Division

Vivian Hammill MUS Chief Legal Counsel / Deputy Commissioner 444-0325
Helen Thigpen Associate Legal Counsel 444-0314

Montana Guaranteed Student Loan Program (MGSLP)

Customer Service: 800-537-7508
Default Resolution
: 800-322-3086  
Default Prevention
:  877-293-8946

Scholarships & Grants

Sheila Newlun State Scholarship Coordinator 444-0638

Accounting / Claims

Jamie Dushin Accounting Manager 444-0381
Ted Broderick Compliance / Claims 444-1565

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2500 Broadway Street • PO Box 203201 • Helena, MT 59620-3201 • 406-444-6570

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